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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Mother's Vacation: 1963

Mother's Vacation: 1963

My mother doing the dishes (with earrings and a piece of candy) in the knotty pine kitchen of our Guernewood Park, California summer place in June 1963. Note the items then regarded as fit only for vacation home use but now either antiques or retro: genuine cracked ice pattern Formica and chrome table with matching chairs; set of floral pattern tumblers (can't remember if they were glass or plastic); ceramic teapot wall pocket; incredibly neat ceramic 8-day clock. In the window: large ceramic squash-shaped shaker and a carnival ware tumbler. Not shown: the dirty look she gave me after hearing me snap off this Kodachrome slide.

White House Kitchen: 1909

White House Kitchen: 1909

The White House kitchen circa 1909. Note the high-tech light fixture. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Old-Timer: 1915

Old-Timer: 1915

There's no caption information for this circa 1915 photo taken in or around Washington, D.C. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Home Ec: 1920

Home Ec: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Home Economics Section." A test kitchen at the Department of Agriculture, also seen here. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Supply Side: 1924

Supply Side: 1924

Washington circa 1924. "Supply Personnel." This may have been related to calculating "bonus money" for WWI veterans. H&E glass neg. View full size.

 

The Human Fly: 1917

The Human Fly: 1917

Once again it's daredevil John "Jammie" Reynolds, seen here clambering up a building in an unusual (and maybe unintentional) multiple exposure circa 1917. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fall Clearance: 1917

Fall Clearance: 1917

Everything must go! Mr. Reynolds again up on the roof of the Lansburgh furniture store in 1917. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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